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29 January 2016

Book Beginnings, Friday56 & A Little Ramble -- Pseudonymous Bosch's Bad Magic

Friday56 (share a blurb from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted at Freda's Voice & Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.


Title: Bag Magic
Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
Publication: 16 September 2014 -- Little, Brown and Company
Format: Kindle eBook (392 pages)
First Line (Prologue): This book begins with a bad word.
First Line (Chapter 1): Clay was not the type of person who would want a book written about him.
Favorite on 4s:
4% - For as long as he could remember, he'd had a mysterious restless energy that kept him in constant motion.
24% - "Life is a test. The llama was there to help."
44% - "Never let a pickpocket bump into you if you can help it."
64% - Clay couldn't have been more surprised if she'd told him he was covered with green stripes.
84% - Almost everything looked the same; and yet everything was different.

Ramble: Back in October the first book in Pseudonymous Bosch's latest series was on a super sale for Kindle so I grabbed it thinking that sooner or later John would get around to it. Last week (or so) I saw that the second book in the series was available to request on NetGalley so without even thinking I hit the request button ... and then I remembered that we still hadn't gotten around to the first one yet.
No big deal if I read them first, right?
John and I both hugely adored the first book in the Secret series but, so far, that's all we've read of Bosch's. I was a little worried when I first found out that the Bad series was a sequel, of sorts ... but it's all good since it hasn't given anything from Secret away. It's a "sequel" in that the main character here is the much younger brother of one of the characters in the Secret books. When I told John (yeah, I fessed up about starting this without him) he got all excited and started asking me all sorts of questions about it.

Me: "Read it yourself."
John: "I will after we get the hardcover."
Me: "I'll add it to my refund list."
John: "And Bad Luck, too?"
Me: "Yes. And Bad Luck, too. Does this mean I have to wait for you to read them? You know I already have them both for Kindle ... "
John: "But ... but ... won't it be one of our books to read like that first one by him was?"
And then be batted his ridiculously long eyelashes at me.

He is so my kid. Because we have the whole Secret series in hardcover it is required that we get the whole Bad series in hardcover, too ... and I've agreed to abandon the book until we get the hardcover and can read it together.


Luckily, I already know that he's going to love it because I made it 40% in before the guilt got to me and I already love it. Now I just need that blasted refund to hurry up ...


  1. This does sound like a fun story. I am spotlighting Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh this week. Look for my review tomorrow. Happy reading!

  2. I hate to wait to read a book. Not because I don't have anything else to read (!) but because I hate waiting. Sign of true love. Sigh. Well done.

  3. The book sounds like fun...and I loved the story of how you acquired it, as well as the dialogue with your son. LOL.

    Enjoy! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. Sounds like a cute book! I hope you and your son enjoy reading it together! Here's my Friday 56. Happy reading!

  5. Sounds like an interesting read that is fun for kids! Happy Friday!

  6. I wouldn't be able to resist the combination of eyelashes and wanting to read the books together! We'd end up with all of them in hardcover. This does sound like a fun series and I'm always looking for books I can read with my son. I'll have to check out this author.

  7. Sounds like so much fun. Would love to know which bad word it is... lol.
    Happy weekend!!

  8. This sounds like an interesting book and I think it's so cool that you read along with your son! Here's my Friday meme